By Bill Shaw
Published April 9, 2006
LAKE JACKSON — Houstonian
Carlo Deason surged to the lead
at the quarter-mile mark of a
gusty Gator Gallop 5K on the
campus of Brazosport College,
finishing first for the second
consecutive year in the 26th
At times facing north wind
gusts of 20-25 mph, Deason
galloped the 3.1-mile race in
17:23, a 5:36 average mile pace
that stretched his lead to a
decisive 1:15 over the second- Grant Parker of West Columbia took the lead from the start in the Gator
place finisher Grant Parker. Gallop 1 mile and finished first in 5:43. He later ran in the 5K race and
”Grant was in front until placed second overall in 18:38. Photo by Bill Shaw.
we got out to College Blvd.,”
Deason said. “I just pulled away Parker, 24, of West as fast as usual,” said Smith. “I
and was all by myself. I couldn’t Columbia warmed up by running had a good pace.”
get warmed up until the third mile, the earlier 1-mile Gallop and Not to be outdone by her
and I could have run faster if I had finishing first in 5:43. husband, Wendy Parker, 28,
someone to push me.” finished second in the female
”I stayed with him (Deason) for competition in 20:35, 1:21 behind
the first third of a mile, and he took Smith.
off and kept the lead,” said Parker. ”She (Smith) was way up
“I was happy with what I ran there,” said Parker. “Someone was
today; it was good to have a right with me until College Blvd.,
decent, blood-pumping run.” but I pulled away and held on to
Parker finished the 5K in second.”
18:38 and had a comfortable lead Sue Wheeler, who, missed
himself over Angleton freshman a turn in the third mile, trailed
runner Evan Rogers, 15, who Parker and came in third in the
finished third overall in 19:13, just overall female competition in
seconds behind Parker. 24:09.
”I was about fifth overall Phillip Athey, 43, of Lake
after the first 100 yards; the Jackson led the tight pack of male
leaders were going out too fast,” masters runners to finish sixth
said Rogers. “I pulled up to third overall and first in the masters
about 1.5 miles into the race and (40-plus) competition. Athey held
held it.” on at the finish to edge second-
Fourth overall and just one place male masters runner David
second on the heels of Rogers, Alvarado, 42, of Orchard by five
Brazoswood freshman Lauren seconds.
Smith, 15, finished in 19:13, a Athey finished in 19:14, a
6:12 race pace, to garner first 6:12 mile pace; Alvarado finished
place in the overall female in 19:49.
Angleton High School senior Krystal competition. ”I was about fifth all the
Lux finished first in the Gallop 1 Like Deason, Smith took way; I don’t think anyone passed
mile in 7:34 and first in her age the lead early in the race and had me after the first quarter mile,”
group in the longer 5K in 26:33. no close challengers.
Photo by Bill Shaw. ”I started off fast but not Continued on the next page
said Athey. “I knew the guy behind K and received T-shirts and Female 50-59
me was gaining, but he ended up medals.
behind me.” The top finishers in the
1. Susan Lorms 28:02
Like Grant Parker, one mile for the males were Grant 2. Fermina Sutter 30:24
Alvarado ran the earlier 1-mile Parker (5:43), David Alvarado 3. Mary Deason 36:19
Gallop. He finished second in the (5:59) and Edwin Quarles (6:07).
shorter race in 5:59 and might The top finishers in the one mile
have tired himself. for the females were Krystal Lux 1. Larry Lindeen 23:09
”I never got my legs going (7:34), Kim Lopez (7:37) and 2. Roger Newcom 25:10
after I ran the one mile,” said Adriana Castaneda (7:50).
Alvarado. 3. Bill Shaw 31:06
Edwin Quarles, 40, of Male 70 and Over
Angleton trailed Alvarado in the 1. Cliff Wilson 28:00
Gallop 1-mile and finished the
shorter race in 6:07 to place third.
He also had to settle for third in 5K Age-Group Winners
the male masters competition, 13-19 Male For complete results of
again trailing Alvarado, this time 1. Cliff Wittig 19:37
by 18 seconds in 20:07.
2. David Henry 20:06
the 1-mile and 5K
”I was close enough to see
him (Alvarado), and he had a good 3. Kasey Crabtree 23:52 Gator Gallop, see
pace, and I knew I didn’t have 13-19 Females www.billshawsite.net.
enough to pass him,” said Quarles.
“The second loop on the running 1. Krystal Lux 26:33
trail running into the wind felt like 2. Jenny Gustin 33:47
I was running into a wall.” Male 20-29
In the female masters
competition, Kelly McClendon, 46, 1. Michael Richards 34:38
of Lake Jackson took advantage Female 20-29
of initial leader Marilyn Koons, 58, 1. Christen English 35:20
of Alvin when she stopped for
water near the first mile. 2. Belinda Ramos 35:38
”I caught Marilyn at the Male 30-39
first water station when she 1. Jason Culverhouse 20:27
stopped for water and held my
position after that,” said 2. Jorge Jimenez 24:05
McClendon. 3. Aaron Sanders 25:20
McClendon finished in Female 30-39
27:02, an 8:43 pace; Koons
finished in 27:23, an 8:50 pace. 1. Abbie Artley 24:15
Janice Moody, 45, of Freeport 2. Karen Slough 25:07
finished third in the female 3. Kim Rose 26:12
masters competition 30 seconds
behind Koons in 27:53. Male 40-49
”She was way ahead of 1. Armando Caceres Jr.
me,” said Moody. “I tried to stay 24:01
up, but I can’t compete with her.
The weather conditions 2. Steve Hahn 24:02
might have slowed the runners in 3. Stewart Crouch 24:07
both Gallops because the top Female 40-49
finishers were well short of contest
records. 1. Janneke Maas 24:57
The top three male and 2. Robin Crouch 33:44
female finishers in the Gallop 1- 3.Jannett Hernandez 35:20
mile and the top three male and
female finishers in the overall and Male 50-59
masters competition in the 5K 1. Paul Cooley 20:40
received trophies, as did the top 2. Lenord Burns 20:45
three male and female finishers in
seven age groups from 13-19 to 3. Ralph Corry 23:05
70-plus. Youngsters 12 and
younger participated in a non-
competitive, BASF-sponsored Kids